Without a doubt the Kansas football team’s standout star a season ago, running back Pooka Williams, will be rejoining the program after a long seven-month suspension.
Williams, was arrested and charged with domestic battery last December. Pooka Williams will miss the teams season opener when they play Indiana State at home as part of his punishment, the Jayhawks announced on Monday.
Kansas University issued a news release Monday in which Williams expressed his apologies and lessons learned from the incident. “I am disappointed in myself, not just as a man, but as a student-athlete looked up to by younger kids. My suspension from football has been hard, but I have learned from it. I’m thankful I can continue with my education at KU. Looking ahead, the most important thing to me is to regain the trust and respect of my classmates, teammates, and fans. I am humbled to return to football and to prepare for the season.”
In addition to the one game suspension imposed by Kansas Athletics, Kansas Universities Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards has required that Williams be subject to probation until he graduates and Williams will have other guidelines that he must abide by while attending Kansas University such as attending monthly meetings and completing community service hours.
In 2018 Williams was a first-team All-Big 12 running back. Williams became the first KU player to win Offensive Freshman of the Year and the first KU freshman to earn first-team honors from the Big 12.
Williams was a pure stud averaging 102.3 yards per game on the ground, while playing in 11 games, finishing his debut season with 1,125 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. The versatile running back also contributed 289 receiving yards, 33 catches, and two touchdown receptions. Let us not forget either that Williams threw a 9-yard TD pass at Oklahoma.
Williams is a must have RB for fantasy owners and this is big news for your 2019 College Fantasy Football Drafts and lineups.
If there is one thing we know about Les Miles that is he loves to run the football. We also know this about the Jayhawks: If there will be any hope for KU to be competitive this season it’s to control the ball behind a pretty solid offensive line and hand it off a lot to Pooka Williams. Today is good news especially for fantasy owners of Williams, who rushed for 1,125 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Only Kansas State’s Alex Barnes averaged more yards per game in the Big 12 a year ago and Williams should have even more opportunities this season.